Hnatyshyn Foundation launches Indigenous Art Awards: 150 prizes worth $10K each

rice-boyden.pngLeft: Waubgeshig Rice is a journalist at CBC News Ottawa. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Blaine Smith) Right: Joseph Boyden is the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of Through Black Spruce. (Penguin)

The Hnatyshyn Foundation, a private arts charity founded by former Governor General Ramon John Hnatyshyn, has launched the REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards. The prize will honour 150 First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists with $10,000 cash awards in 2017.

There are six categories of art considered: literature, film/video, visual art/fine craft, dance, music and theatre. The literature category includes writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays.

Award-winning novelist Joseph Boyden (The Orenda, Through Black Spruce, Three Day Road) and writer and CBC journalist Waubgeshig Rice (Legacy) have been chosen as honorary patrons for the award.

"The Indigenous Art Awards are a hugely significant contribution to our country's continuing dialogue," Boyden said in a release. "These awards recognize that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis art is not just a cornerstone of Canada's identity, but vital threads to its very fibre. I'm honoured to be involved in helping spread the message."

The foundation is accepting submissions from March 1 to June 1. Find out more about the submission process here.

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